Brooklyn Nets’ Kevin Durant Reveals the Key Reason For Their Unexpected Victory against Miami Heat

Published 01/26/2021, 1:15 AM EST
Jan 23, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) shoots the ball against Miami Heat forward Andre Iguodala (28) during the second half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports


The Brooklyn Nets vs the Miami Heat game was a very slow one. Not only did the Nets trail behind the Heat in the first quarter, but they hardly put up big numbers on the scoreboard. However, their new addition to the team, James Harden, came to their rescue in the fourth quarter. But Kevin Durant thinks that there is also another reason behind their win against Miami.

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Did the Brooklyn Nets ace their defense?

When the Brooklyn Nets added James Harden to the equation, there were a lot of mixed feelings about this. The popular opinion was that Brooklyn would be unmatched and would also be a big threat to the Lakers, who are trying to get their repeat this season.

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But this hasn’t been the case so far. It has been extreme with the Nets because either they perform brilliantly or even lose an easily winnable game. The same happened with Heat. The Nets had looked brilliant in the previous outing against the Heat after defeating them 128-124. Kevin Durant ended with 31 points on the scoreboard, but Harden only finished with 12.

This time, despite a slow start, Harden added 16 points in the last quarter to bring Brooklyn its win. While both Durant and Harden finished with 20 points each, Kyrie Irving did his part by adding 16 points to the final score as well.

But it looks like Durant sees a different angle in this situation. As per Alex Schiffer, Durant said after the game, “Our defense won us this game tonight.”

Where is the trio taking the Nets?

The Nets are standing fifth in the Eastern Conference right now, with an 11-8 record. Ever since the Nets added Harden, their defense rating is one of the worst in the league. The Nets usually depend on their offense, but this just wasn’t working against Miami.

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Hence, they resorted to make defense their priority, which worked out decently well. They forced 12 turnovers out of the Heat and only had 7 turnovers themselves.

Jan 18, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets shooting guard James Harden (13) and power forward Kevin Durant (7) high five during the fourth quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks at Barclays Center. The Nets defeated the Bucks 125-123. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

It looks like the Nets do have a backup plan when they aren’t efficient on the offense. But this won’t work every time and KD, Kyrie and Harden must give the audience a blockbuster show they’ve been expecting ever since the trade.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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